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June 13, 2018 - Welsummers at last

After waiting another year, I finally have 3 Welsummer chicks. Last year I got to the feed store minutes too late as someone bought all 30. The only delivery of the year for that breed. This year, I pull out all the stops by even calling last week and begging the manager. She didn't have to do anything. I was the only one there waiting for this breed.

Now, if I can get 3 Speckled Sussex next week, I'll be finished with chicks for this year--and be a very happy camper!

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May 26, 2018 - Another Roo?

Here's a pic of the February babies who are now 14 weeks old. We lost one of the White Leghorns a few weeks back. Nothing to tell me why--just life on the farm. And then there were five.

Now, I'm thinking one of the Light Brahmas is a fella. The jury is still out but his comb is beginning to color up--boys do this before girls. His posture and size are 2 more signs. I can usually spot a boy at 10 weeks, but Brahmas are big birds and slow to mature. He isn't aggressive toward me or the girls so he gets to say till I'm sure. I don't keep roosters.

Pictured are the sure girls on the left (2 Black Sex Links, 1 Light Brahma, 1 White Leghorn) and the other Light Brahma standing alone--another boy trait.

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May 13, 2018 - Mother's Day Duck

Our duck is trying very hard to be a mother. Problem is--no boy ducks. She has found a place in the hen pen to build a nest and sits there all day waiting. Chickens brood for 21 days while eggs hatch. Not sure how long for ducks but she is very intent at 2 weeks.

I pick her up a couple times a day and put her in her swimming pool and toss in some food which she greedily eats while it floats. Then it's straight back to the nest. In fact, it was hard to keep her out of the nest long enough to get a picture of it.

She has stopped laying eggs. When I was gathering them from her I decided to give her something as a substitute--a rock (left in the pic) and a fake egg I use in the hen nests. Strong wind on Friday provided her with new "eggs." Fallen plums from the tree overhead now add to her clutch.

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Can you find me?
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Mom to be
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"Eggs"

April 30, 2018 - Egg Eater

Broken eggs. Who did it? We made a little holder for my phone in the barn across from the nests. I set it to video an hour or 2 at a time. When I go out, if there's a broken egg, I look at the video. Got him! A Scrub Jay. Same bird that was doing this last year. That one we caught and dispatched so this is someone new. We sealed up points of entry. Fingers crossed he gets bored and goes away.

Here he is in a frame from the video--upper left corner. Lower right corner a golden laced Polish is not bothered a bit.

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February 20, 2018 - 23 degrees!

Our dear duck is not happy with a frozen bath. Chickens drink out of her "pond" so no one is happy. Can you hear the cuss words coming from the duck's open beak? :-)

Who knew a black Indian Runner duck would go gray? I didn't until I did some research. Chickens don't do this. Soon she will be a white Indian Runner!

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February 15, 2018 - Chicks! And the Big Girls

Six chicks from 3 breeds joined us today. 2 White Leghorns, 2 Light Brahmas and 2 Black Sex Links.

The big girls are looking very pretty now that they have finished molting and eggs are beginning to appear again. A grassy pasture makes them look so lovely even if the grass isn't very lush this year.


5 little babies

So tiny!

White Leghorn

White Leghorn

White Leghorns

Light Brahma

Light Brahma

Black Sex Link

Black Sex Links

Black Sex Link

Blue Andalusian

Blue Andalusian

Buff Orpington behind!

Barred Rock and
Easter Egger

Black Sex Link

Black(?) Indian Runner

Easter Egger

Easter Egger

Golden Laced Polish

Golden Laced Polish

Golden Laced Polish

Silver Laced Wyandotte
   

Now || 2017 || 2016 || 2015
Fall 2014 || Summer 14 || Spring 14 (ducklings!) || Winter 13-14 (chicks!)
Fall 2013 || Summer 13 || Spring 13 || Winter 12-13 (chicks!)
Fall 2012 || Summer 12 || Spring 12 (chicks!) || Winter 11-12
Fall 2011 || Summer 11 || Spring 11 (chicks!) || Winter 10-11
Fall 2010 || Summer 10 (chicks!) || Spring 10 (chicks!) || Winter 09-10
Fall 2009 || Summer 09 || Spring 09 || Winter 08-09 (chicks!)
In the Beginning:
Fall 2008 || 6 Months || 5 Months || 4 Months || Weeks 11-12
Weeks 7-10 || Week 6 || Week 5 || Week 4 || Week 3 || Week 2 || Chicks!

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